YMMV / Killer Is Dead

  • Americans Hate Tingle: As mentioned under Critical Dissonance, the game's rated more highly in Japan than in the US.
  • Critical Dissonance:
    • This game got mixed reviews from critics with half of them criticizing the game's combat for not being like Devil May Cry or Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Fan reaction was much more positive towards gameplay.
    • The game's Gigolo Mode has caused controversy among professional critics, with a lot of them calling it perverted and some saying the game would kill Suda's career. Fans mostly found it ridiculous at worst, since it's almost too over the top to take seriously; for the record, this may be because Grasshopper was forced to focus on it by the publishers more than they would have liked to.
    • It's also a case of Values Dissonance, as the game has received higher ratings in Japan compared to the US.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: David apparently decided that being stark naked save for gold jewelery glued to the bare essentials is a good enough outfit. At least he wears a robe over it. Then he takes it off for the boss fight.note 
  • Fridge Brilliance: In the mission where you go to the moon, when confronting David, he basically says that killing him at the moment is a grave mistake. Considering David is the final boss, of course it is. There wouldn't be much of a game left if you kill the final boss early.
  • Game-Breaker: The Charge Cannon, full stop. You have to do one of the Gigolo missions a second time for it, but when you can obliterate Elite Mooks in one shot, it makes it far more than worth it.
  • Mis-blamed: Some people thought Gigolo Mode was a tasteless move on Suda's part. Turns out it was Kadokawa's urges that forced them to focus on that mode and make it more sexual, losing the opportunity to develop other side content in the process. (Plus the fact that Suda didn't actually direct the game in the first place.)
  • Nightmare Fuel: Alice's One-Winged Angel form in the third chapter, and the transformation into said form.
  • The Scrappy: If Steam's user reviews are to be believed, Mika. Mostly due to her impossibly shrill voice and annoying antics.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The cel shading in this game looks GREAT, to say the least.